Italian Rain Gardens
Vancouver, British Columbia
The celebration of Vancouver's rain is a unifying theme throughout Hastings Park. The Italian Rain Gardens, the second phase of the Park Master Plan to be implemented, are the social heart of the park and offer program elements for children, youth, seniors, and multicultural activities. The formal patterning of the site is expressed in paving and garden areas and is structured by walls that appear to be remnants of demolished buildings, recalling the history of the exhibition grounds. The complex pattern of spaces permits a layering and close juxtaposition of activities for all ages and cultural groups to achieve an intensity of use without compromising function.